Thomas Freiler


Lecture | Monday 15.10.2012 | 19:00h | R211a 


Lecture Series: Parallax Views on Architecture

Living in a Camera

The early beginnings of photography are based on the observation of light and image phenomena in spaces and buildings. The desciptions of these principals remain valid today, even in the age of digital photography. The laws and conditions for the possibility of photography are at the center of Thomas Freiler's artistic work. In his lecture he will reflect on the relation between space and images based on a selection of his works, as well as self-constructed cameras.

Thomas Freiler, born 1962, artist and photographer based in Vienna. Additional to his projects he reads lectures on photography and history of photography and is head of the photographic laboratory at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna since 2006.

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Thomas Freiler


Lecture | Monday 15.10.2012 | 19:00h | R211a 


Lectureseries: Parallax Views on Architecture

Parallax is the displacement or difference in the apparent position of an object caused by a new line of sight. We all use this difference to gain depth perception. Astronomers use it to define the distance and outline of far away objects. Meanwhile Slavoj Zizek argues that the parallax gap causes not only an “epistemological” shift in the subject's point of view, but always reflects an “ontological” shift in the object itself, as subject and object are inherently mediated.

In seeking the oscillation between focus and productive indeterminacy, this year’s lecture series at the Institute of Art and Architecture examines the production of space from multiple points of view. And as nearby objects have a larger parallax than distant ones, we invite artists and researchers working in our immediate proximity–artists and researchers within the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna–who look at the subject of architecture and urbanism implicitly or explicitly in their work. As a result the lecture series will offer an array of alternate positions coexisting within the Academy and create a platform for transdisciplinary discussions at the intersection between art and architecture.  (Stefan Gruber)